Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Back to School with Master Lock

I can't believe it is time to start thinking about school supplies, shopping for clothes and scheduling. Here in our area school is begining the end of August, and I don't ever remember it coming this early.

So, how do you juggle it all?
  • I highly suggest planning your attack early! The stores get pretty crazy with pencils and protractors flying off the shelves just a few days before school begins. For the best selection have your list handy and pick up items a little at a time. It also gives you and your kids a chance to look around and see what they really want.
  • I was always able to choose my own notebook, pencils, etc. but every store carries different patterns, characters and quality of products. So, get a jump on stocking up, it will make life easier later on.
  • Don't worry though about getting 200 #2s. If you are getting basic pencils (they can be dressed up with toppers or erasers later!) get one box and wait till the after sales kick in with massive close-out prices.
  • The same could be said for stocking a wardrobe. Now is a great chance to take stock of the kids' closet. First make a list of necessities like socks, underwear and shoes. Then move onto the "wish-list". If your children are older, have them make a list. Remind them it is a wish-list only and you will need to budget for clothing items.
  • I am a firm believer that the start of school should not break the bank. If money is tight, pick out an outfit for the first day of school and some of the necessities. Then next pay period add another few items. There will be great sales just after the rush. Another option is to find a Lay-away program or browse through consignment shops. Often you can find items with the tags still on!

Master Lock is here to help! Master Lock® has hired a new specialist on student life to help students safely and securely navigate this school year in style. The Master Mind, a suave and funny college grad, is staring in a humorous online video series on in which he, along with his clever Little Sister, are setting out to answer students’ most frequent, awkward and perplexing questions on Submit your own questions and enter daily in their daily sweepstakes.

Also check out their "Friending Too Fast" video and others on Youtube

More information about the back-to-school video series and sweepstakes, as well as the newest and coolest Master Lock back-to-school accessories, can be found at

*Disclaimer - I blogged for an entry for a Master Lock back-to-school prize pack as a member of the Mom Bloggers Club.
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